Community Parent Education Program

Program basics

  • Intervention aims to equip parents of children demonstrating disruptive behaviors (for example, those with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder) with problem-solving skills to address and mediate behavior and build better parent-child relationships.
  • Administered in groups of 15-25 at schools and other community locations.

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare


Target population

Low- and moderate-income adults and families

Program cost

Implementation locations

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Decline in behavior problems among children with nonclinical high levels of problems
  • Reduction in stress and increased perceived parental control

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Families with single parent status, immigrant backgrounds, and limited extracurricular child activities face higher barriers to participation and must be engaged accordingly.
  • Parents of children with less severe behavior problems are less likely to enroll in the program.
  • Program is most effective when it is participant-driven and parents are allowed the space to identify their common problems and communally develop solutions with the help of leaders.

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